Published: Sat, November 18, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Simone Biles Supports Aly Raisman After Apparent Criticism from Gabby Douglas

Simone Biles Supports Aly Raisman After Apparent Criticism from Gabby Douglas

In an interview on CBS' 60 Minutes that aired on November 12, Raisman said she was the victim of sexual abuse by Larry Nassar, former doctor for the United States gymnastics team.

"It is our responsibility as women to dress modestly and be classy", Douglas wrote while quote-tweeting Raisman's post from earlier in the day about victim shaming.

Aly Raisman came under shocking attack from ex-teammate Gabby Douglas who suggested the Olympics golden girl shared some blame for being sexually abused because of her "sexy" fashion sense.

Douglas was replying to Raisman's tweet asking for the public's help in stamping out sexual abuse.

That message drew a rebuke from fellow Team USA member Simone Biles.

"Shocks me that I'm seeing this but it doesn't surprise me. honestly seeing this brings me to tears (because) as your teammate I expected more from you and to support her", Biles tweeted. "I support you Aly & all the other women out there".

"I didn't correctly word my reply & I am deeply sorry for coming off like I don't stand alongside my teammates", Douglas wrote. Last Friday, ahead of her "60 Minutes" interview Sunday, she spoke out against USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, who Raisman said had sexually abused her.

Nassar was sacked by USA Gymnastics in 2015 after working with the organization since 1986, and had been its national medical coordinator since 1996, The New York Times reported.

"I didn't know anything differently", she said (via Mark Moore of the New York Post).

Her tweet called for an end to victim-shaming, targeted at those who say women entice sexual criminals by wearing certain types of clothing.

Raisman's initial tweet comes in the wake of the gymnast opening up about the sexual abuse she has allegedly suffered during her career. "Why are we looking at why didn't the girls speak up?" she asked. And I reached back out to an official with USA Gymnastics and I said, "I have to speak to her again". "I am WITH you", she tweeted with "#metoo".

Raisman told CBS' "60 Minutes" this past Sunday that she was 15 when she was first treated by Nasser, who is now awaiting sentencing in a MI prison after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography.

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